Clement: These two factors can help me achieve my immediate objective at Derby

Paul Clement seems confident that Derby County will finish in the top two of the Championship next season.

Derby County head coach Paul Clement has told The Derby Telegraph that he wants to guide the team to a top-two finish in the Championship next season.

Clement was appointed the Derby boss earlier this week following the dismissal of Steve McClaren last month.

The Rams failed to make the Championship playoffs in the recently concluded 2014-15 campaign, while in 2013-14 they were defeated by Queens Park Rangers in the playoff final.

Former Real Madrid first-team coach Clement believes that Derby can gain automatic promotion to the Premier League under him.

“Straight away our aim is the top two, automatic promotion, and there's no reason why that can't be achieved," the 43-year-old told The Derby Telegraph.

"Along the way we will need a bit of luck, of course, because it can be difficult with injuries. With the addition of a couple of extra players, I believe we can be fighting for the automatic places.”

Clement seems to believe that if he can sign two players and his squad does not suffer major injuries, then Derby will finish in the top two.

It is not exactly a bold claim, as the Rams do have a very good squad who should have at least finished in the top six of the Championship this campaign.

However, Derby will face some tough competition for an automatic promotion spot, as the likes of Hull City, Burnley, Queens Park Rangers, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Middlesbrough will all be aiming for a top-two finish.

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